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Old Jul 28, '11, 1:01 pm
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Default Re: Is the mini pill still contraception?

yes it is but like regular BC pills it can be prescribed for other purposes for which the hormonal manipulation is needed, and use for that reason is not prohibited by the Church or natural law. Like all very drastic medical prescriptions the prudent patient should get second opinions and explore alternatives, because even the mini-pill has drastic side effects, but as parents that is your duty. Objectively, as long as she is not using it for a contraceptive purpose, she can take it.

all we can discuss here is the church teaching, medical advice is prohibited by forum rules.
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Old Jul 28, '11, 2:33 pm
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Default Re: Is the mini pill still contraception?

Yes, the mini pill (Progestogen only pill) is a hormonal contraceptive. It is different from the the common "the pill" (Estrogen & progestogen combination) but the moral/health implications are similar.

It is not sinful for your daughter to use it (so long as she's not using it as contraception. Since she's 18 and consulting her parents when making health care choices, I'm assuming she's unmarried so her intent is likely not contraceptive.

Is "hormone therapy" the best way to manage menstrual pain? I personally do not think it is worth the risk of increased blood clots, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, etc. not to mention the inconvenient side effects like acne changes (for some women it clears it up, for others it makes it much much worse), weight changes (some women gain weight, some women do not), dry eyes (some woman find wearing contacts very difficult while using hormonal birth control), etc. No one but your daughter knows how bad the pain is and how effectively she can manage it without hormonal contraceptives, but I hope she (or you, as her adviser) will at least research the risks and side effects and consider other pain management options before resorting to the pill.
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No, no, no, no, no!!!

Do NOT allow your daughter to go on hormonal contraceptives as a treatment.

I have PCOS and I learned that hormonal contraceptives are often used as a treatment but really they don't treat the true, underlying cause of why you have those issues in the first place.

It was actually a CAFer here who told me that the "period" you would get from taking those pills isn't even a true period-- in fact, the bleeding is not even necessary because the natural design of the body is altered to simulate perpetual pregnancy. Many women, back when the pill was created, would have felt uncomfortable being in this state of fake perpetual pregnancy, so in order to feel "normal" they had the bleeding time. But that is not a REAL period. Real periods involve hormonal fluctuations that are normal and necessary in order to involve a natural cycle.

Anyway, you need to take her to a specialist, someone who knows about NaPro technology and can use it to help her with these issues. I used to have (pardon the TMI) murder scene-like issues but then I ended up losing a lot of weight and a lot of the issues subsided, but I still need proper treatment. I will not go on ABC as a treatment ever again, after knowing what I know now. I don't care if Humane Vitae says it's okay because there are so many other implications one needs to consider that are far-reaching and can really change the way your body functions.
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